Why is a great skua called a Bonxie?

Why is a great skua called a Bonxie?

The great skua is also known as the ‘Bonxie’. This local name was probably derived from an old Norse word meaning ‘dumpy’ and referred to the shape and size of the bird.

Is a skua a gull?

The pomarine skua is a large seabird, nearly as big as a herring gull. It has long spoon-shaped tail streamers.

Is the skua endangered?

The great skua (Stercorarius skua) is a large seabird in the skua family Stercorariidae….

Great skua
Least Concern (IUCN 3.1)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata

What is skua bird?

The great skua, or bonxie, is a bird about 60 cm (24 inches) long, resembling a gull but heavily built, with a brownish body and large, white wing patches. It is the only bird that breeds both in the Arctic and in the Antarctic.

Are skuas protected?

Conservation status Great skua is currently identified as a conservation priority in the following: Amber listed in Birds of Conservation Concern 4 (2015 update) Amber listed in Birds of Conservation Concern in Ireland 2020–2026. EC Birds Directive – migratory species.

What are skuas predators?

Skuas are swift, strong, and maneuverable fliers. They are predators of small mammals, eggs and the young of birds and fish, and they also eat carrion when available. Skuas are kleptoparasites—piratical feeders that rob other birds of their prey.

What eats skuas Antarctic?

Many practice kleptoparasitism, which comprises up to 95% of the feeding methods of wintering skuas, by chasing gulls, terns and other seabirds to steal their catches, regardless of the size of the species attacked (up to three times heavier than the attacking skua).

Do skuas have predators?

Do Arctic Skuas have any natural predators? Arctic Skua eggs and young are vulnerable to Arctic Foxes.

Are skuas aggressive?

They are aggressive in defending their individual nests from other Skuas. Outside of the breeding season they may form small groups of usually no more than 10 individuals.

Are Skuas aggressive?

Why are Arctic skuas so aggressive?

The Arctic skua is a seabird that breeds along the coast and on the tundra in the far north of Eurasia and North America. That’s because the Arctic skua is a kleptoparasite: it steals food or prey from other birds. They can be so aggressive, some even call them “avian pirates!”